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Navigating Life After Graduation

Posted on 09 January 2018 by sam

So you’ve spent the last four or so years in college, studying up on something you love. Now you’re looking at graduation and life after college. It’s a daunting prospect, but it’s a challege hundreds of thousands of people take on every year and survive. And congratulations! You’re about to have a degree!

Landing a job

If you aren’t coming out of school with a job, don’t be afraid of taking on those applications! You might look for something right in your desired career field, or you may take a year to work in a different job and save up money. Remember, you’ve been trained in something specific; you know what you’re doing. You don’t have to apply for a job right in your exact field; sometimes simply having a college degree will give you a leg up, especially in office work or retail. The worst thing that can happen is that you just won’t get hired–and that won’t be the end of the world. The more you practice applying and interviewing, the more comfortable and skilled you will become. And once you get that job, remember that you don’t have to be immediately perfect–or ever completely perfect, for that matter.

You may also want to invest in necessary equipment to work your job. If you’re a freelance writer or photographer, get a top-of-the-line computer or camera and any necessary. Of course, you don’t need to bankrupt yourself over your products, either. You can find a generic electronics company that will offer you high-quality products for less. You can make these essential investments without breaking the bank.

A new living situation

Odds are you’ll be moving somewhere and finding a new living situation. Start doing research now, so that you understand the terminology and strategies for finding a new living place. You’re probably not going to be buying a house just yet, but you might be renting one or renting an apartment, and it’s just good to know all those terms anyway. Assess what you can afford. Take a look at your expected salary and budget accordingly. Remember to budget for utilities, phone bills, and groceries! Start familiarizing yourself with the prices in the area you’ll be living in. If you think you’ll need a roommate, use a trusted roommate-finding service, and always ask for references. In order to get a lease, you’ll need a strong credit score or a cosigner. Use a credit calculator to see where you measure up, or ask your parents if they will cosign for you.

You’ll also need to adjust to a new neighborhood or town, especially if you’re moving for a job or to find a job in your dream location. First off, you should probably find medical and financial providers. As you make new friends, ask whom they use. Learn about the ratings, expertise, and other reviews of that service. Look for a clinic that ranks along the lines of this cancer care center in Maryland. You can easily do this by doing a Google search or using a review service such as Yelp or Angie’s List. Go to the provider websites themselves to see what training and accolades the team has. For medical care, make sure to check if the clinic takes your insurance.

When it comes to banking, if you think you might be moving around a lot, it might be worth it to get a bank account and establish an account with a larger bank and pharmacy. This way, your finances and prescriptions and other such needs will be easily accessible to you wherever you go. Of course, if you think you will plan to move somewhere permanently, it’s always a good choice to help out the local economy by using a locally-owned service. Be sure to start establishing yourself with these places now. You might go ahead and open a new bank account, and you should set up an appointment with a doctor; specialist appointments and even routine checkups can take on average 24 days to schedule.